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Here’s Why a Yemen Breakthrough is Unlikely

Although peace consultations between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Ansarullah, more commonly known as the Houthis, are currently under way just outside of Stockholm, Sweden, chances for a diplomatic breakthrough are slim.Read More

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The US Cannot End Yemen’s War Alone

Last week, two top US administration officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, urged all actors in Yemen’s conflict to adopt a cease-fire within thirty days.Read More

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Saudi Arabia Post the Khashoggi Tragedy

WASHINGTON – The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has left the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its weakest diplomatic position since the horrific terror attacks of September 11.Read More

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Iraq’s Top Cleric Is Becoming Its Political Savior (Bloomberg | Geneive Abdo)

It took five months since Iraq’s national elections, but the country finally has a new prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi.Read More

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The Two Faces of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (War on the Rocks | Gregory D. Johnsen)

About a decade ago, four men sat down in front of a video camera in a safe house in Yemen and started to record.Read More

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A Regional Stage Set for Violent Escalation

Over the past three weeks, senior US officials have issued a series of increasingly sharp warnings to the Iranian government to cease threats to US personnel or face the consequences.Read More

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What Rouhani’s Speech at the UN Reveals about Iran (The National Interest | Geneive Abdo)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani certainly received a warmer welcome at the United Nations General Assembly this week than President Donald Trump, but an examination of Rouhani’s misleading statements on the Middle East should raise eyebrows.Read More

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Ahead of UNGA, Ahvaz attack underscores Iran’s domestic fissures

The same week that the United States and Iran are heading for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly, an attack that killed twenty five, including members of Iran’s prized Revolutionary Guard, has caused tensions between the two countries...Read More

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Yemen’s Three Wars (Lawfare | Gregory D. Johnsen)

Last month, over the course of a few days in Yemen, one governor survived a roadside bomb while a second was denied entry through a checkpoint ostensibly run by his own government.Read More

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What a New Terrorist Designation Says About Iranian Action in Bahrain (Just Security | Norman T. Roule)

The State Department’s August 13 designation of Qassim al-Muamen as a terrorist, serves as the latest reminder that Iran’s destabilizing actions are not limited to Iraq, Syria and Yemen.Read More

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